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*Text from Rotown*
Always tantalizing, when an emerging band carves new elephant trails in familiar sounds. Take Daffodils, for example, the breakhrough song by Dummy, which more or less sounds like Stereolab is covering a song by My Bloody Valentine. In the song’s climax, the band discharge in a shot of Yo La Tengo-esque guitar noise to keep things interesting. Every song by this band from LA has a likewise exciting, not-obvious twist.
Those addictive cross-pollinations are the canvas for original topics that address “the burden of modern life, consumerism, environmental collapse.” Interior design, marine pollution, the psychology of commercial architecture, and nuclear testing are all covered. Dummy is therefore certainly not a band that only does it for the sound alone: tonight on the Big Red Boat we immerse ourselves in a wonderful musical universe, a kind of Jean Giraud illustration cast into a pop band. Indeed, who wouldn’t want to see that?